KHANEWAL - Pakistan Railways Director General vigilance Mehmood Ali paid a visit to Multan divisional office to acquire the record of railway's agricultural and commercial lands grabbed by the land mafia, but about 25 percent of the record is still out of his reach.

Earlier, the DG had assigned Deputy Director Faisal Mumtaz the task to acquire the record to retrieve it from the grabbers but due to poor response from the land branch, he decided to visit the office. About 25 percent record of PR land is yet to be brought out.

The land mafia is so strong that it has got transferred two office-bearers of the vigilance section, Shaukat Ali and Allah Ditta, because they were very active to trace the irregularities in the department. When contacted, Pakistan Railways official Farrukh Temour was not available to give his version while his personal assistant Islam said that he is on an official tour.

The deputy director vigilance, however, giving his version told that he is very hopeful that his team will be succeeded to locate the elements behind the illegality and due to these investigations, the PR land will be recovered.

Sources said that the land mafia had connived with Railways employees. The Multan divisional office comprises more than 17 Punjab districts, including, Khanewal, Multan, Vehari, Lodhran, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Bakhar, Rajanpur, Pakpattan, Jhang, Muzzargarh, Layyah, Sargodha and Mianwali. In these districts, 36,052 acres of agricultural and commercial land of the railways is lying vacant. The PR leased out the land to tenants during an open auction to boost its income.